In 2002, I was a young, energetic Philadelphia educator whose passion was to inspire and make a difference in science education. I saw that my students shared my enthusiasm, but schools lacked the resources to engage in authentic science and the majority of my students didn't see themselves represented in the science field. I sought to change this and together with a scientist, Dr. Steven Farber, we built Project BioEYES, a non-profit program using live zebrafish to excite and educate under-served K-12 students about genetics and how to think and act like a scientist. Exceeding my expectations, BioEYES has served over 65,000 Philadelphia and Camden students (150,000 worldwide).

In the last ten years, I have been the Director of Outreach and Education at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. In this role I have developed with faculty and students, award-winning outreach initiatives and have presented and published these projects' impact on the over 175,000 students, teachers, and community members involved. In addition, I have built long-term foundation support and a contract from the School District of Philadelphia to partner with city teachers and students.

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